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Zoo Notes and Baby Pics

From: Stephen D.
Sent on: Thursday, May 2, 2013 9:04 PM

With all the talk about the new zoobaby, I thought it prudent to check the place out today sans crowds.  I approached the gate at ten minutes to four with a hopeful "I'll only be here ten minutes."  She smiled and replied, "Okay.  Eleven dollars."  Oh well..  I hope that same one will be there Saturday to learn that thanks to RPEG, I'll only be paying NINE then.

The orangutans were easy enough to find.  A small crowd of maybe a dozen stood - some with cameras poised - and I was able to join them near the glass only a few feet away from the cage beyond.  I asked which one was the mother, and a girl said the one hiding on the floor under a sheet.  Fortunately, four o'clock is their feeding time, and the sheet was soon left in favor of some yummy Cheerios and carrots - washed down with a drink from a bottle held by the handler.   The baby (have they named it yet?) was fixed to her left shoulder all the time I was there, and we all had no shortage of shooting opportunities - albeit of the back of the baby's head only - and through glass and a disappointingly heavy-guage chain link fence.  The outdoor shots should provide a better opportunity on Saturday, IF Mom decides to cooperate, that is.  No matter.  We'll be there for other things, and this particular animal is just a pleasant bonus.

A few quick notes for the benefit of those who will be attending:   One is to remember that though tripods are always a good idea, they're hard to use in crowds, AND when there's glass between you and the subject, gently pressing the edge of your lens against the glass is a better steadying technique anyway, because it's easier to eliminate reflections and glare than shots from a tripod.  Another consideration:  smudges on glass (kids at a zoo?  Nahhhh...) can be wiped clean if you remember to pack a couple of pre-moistened lens cleaning packets.

For those who may be interested in entering one or more of your images in the Zoo contest, remember that submissions are limited to shots of certain animals only.  The list is on their website, and I'll try to remember to print it to hand out on Saturday.  They'll be looking for HORIZONTAL shots that make the Zoo look good/fun/humane, etc. (no sad inmates), and above all - NO PEOPLE IN THE SHOT ANYWHERE.  Good luck on that one!

To those who are coming, remember that the discount is only available to those who are there BY ten to go through the gate all at one time as a single group.  Whether you can make it Saturday nor not, please do RSVP to attend our follow-up editing meeting next Wednesday night.

What fun!!




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